Resurgence Brewing Expanding to Canalside

Resurgence Brewing is taking their talents to the waterfront as they plan to take over concessions at the former Clinton’s Dish at Canalside. The new space will feature an expanded food and drink menu, one similar to what the brewery offered in Delaware Park the past years at their Resurgence in the Park location, which will not open this year as Resurgence sets their focus on Canalside. In addition to Resurgence craft beer, Blackbird Cider and canned cocktails will be available. Tentative plans call for the new space to open in early May with limited hours, with plans to expand to seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Don’t Call It A Comeback at Southern Tier Brewing

If you’ve been missing any retired Southern Tier Brewing beer, make sure you’re in attendance at The Empty Pint in Lakewood as they open up their beer vault for Don’t Call It A Comeback on April 27 (11am). They will be tapping rare releases and forgotten favorites for a one-day-only celebration of epic beers, including Unearthly Imperial IPA, Steve Farmhouse Ale, Tripel, 2xIPA, Pale (OG version), Krampus Helles Lager, Porter, Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale and Razz Wheat. There will also be live music from The Derek Davis Trio (5-8pm).

Nickel City Brewz Hosting First Ever Meadfest

On May 25, the best of the best in local mead will descend upon Depew as Nickel City Brewz hosts the first ever Meadfest (3pm). The event will feature meads from Lilly Belle Meads, Queen City Meadery, Bee Spit Meadery, Wildflower Beverages, Three Bear Meadery and Illumination Meadery. Each will be pouring samples of their products and bottles and cans of the products will be available for purchase, along with crowlers of draft mead. Stay tuned to the event page for more information.

Cabin Fever, Beer & Wine Festival at Buffalo Ski Center

The 7th annual Cabin Fever, Beer and Wine Festival returns to the Buffalo Ski Center/Tamarack Lodge in Colden on April 27 (4pm). Tickets for the event are $40 presale ($50 day of) and include tastings from local and national breweries, wineries, and distilleries, including Rusty Nickel Brewing, Thin Man, Resurgence Brewing, Hamburg Brewing, 12 Gates, Big Ditch, Spotted Octopus, Johnson’s Landing, Mystic Hills, Bee Spit Meadery, 42 North, Southern Tier, Community Beer Works, and more, a free commemorative tasting glass, live music, door prizes, raffles, auction items, and more. There will also be food available. You can purchase tickets here.

Tickets Remain for Thawfest at Buffalo Riverworks

A limited amount of tickets are still available for Thawfest, Buffalo Riverworks’ annual celebration of all things spring, April 26 (6pm). Participating craft vendors include Pearl Street, Lafayette Brewing, RiverWorks Brewing, Three Bear Meadery, Belt Line Brewery, Southern Tier, Flying Bison, 12 Gates, Big Ditch, Hamburg Brewing, Resurgence Brewing, Shalooby Loofer, Sad Boys, Buffalo Brewing, Marquee Brewing, BlackBird Cider, Clarksburg Cider, and more. Tickets are $60 and a portion of proceeds will benefit Hope Rises and The Firefighter Arno Memorial Foundation. Tickets include all tastings, finger foods, music from DJ Sike, and free parking.

5 Year Anniversary Party at Belt Line Brewery

Belt Line Brewery is celebrating their fifth anniversary all day long on April 27 (12pm) with BBQ food specials, free cupcakes for patrons while supplies last, the release of Blueberry Spring, a heavily fruited sour ale, a tapping of an exclusive Double Brunch fruited sour ale variant, and more. Blueberry Spring is tart and refreshing, with notes of blueberries, lemon, and lavender. Stay tuned to their events page for more details.

Hofbrauhaus to Tap Krystalweizen on May 2

Hofbrauhaus is tapping their new Krystalweizen, a German style filtered wheat ale, on May 2 (6pm). Similar to a traditional hefeweizen, Krystalweizen is 5.7% and features aromas of bubblegum and banana, with notes of wheat, clove and spice. Die Haus Band will provide live music for the beer tapping. For reservations, please visit or call (716) 939-BEER (2337).

Big Ditch Brewing to Release Sport Jorts Double IPA

On April 26, Big Ditch Brewing will release Sport Jorts, a new Double IPA brewed using two experimental hops (HBC 586 & HBC 1019). This 8.3% DIPA features notes of tropical fruit, citrus, stone fruit and hops. Sport Jorts DIPA will be available on draft and 16oz. 4-pack cans at the taproom Friday, and wherever great craft beer is sold the following week. It will also be available online for shipping across New York and Pennsylvania.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).